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Patriots Sign LB Hightower
Hightower, 6-4, 270, can play inside or outside linebacker in the 3-4 defense, the same scheme he played at Alabama under coach Nick Saban.
The Patriots traded up to draft Hightower 25th in April's NFL draft. He was one of two first-round picks by the Patriots, who also selected Syracuse junior defensive end Chandler Jones.
Hightower's deal is worth at least $7.57 million and up to $7.8 million with $6.2 million in total guaranteed money.
Hightower had 234 career tackles at Alabama and was a consensus All-American as a junior last season.
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